Love in the Afternoon by Alison Packard

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Kayla Maxwell is eager to shed her slasher-flick bimbo image—and she plans to do just that in her new role on daytime’s most popular soap. With a chance to showcase her dramatic range, Kayla will be able to wash away the lingering betrayal and public humiliation left by her controlling, philandering ex-boyfriend.

Sean Barrett, the son of an influential, award-winning actor, is the hottest soap star in the country. Paired on-screen with the talented and beautiful Kayla Maxwell, Sean is determined to keep her at arm’s length, burned before by fame-seeking actresses who had no qualms about using him to get to his famous father.

But when Kayla receives threatening letters, her past as a scream queen seems to be coming back to haunt her. Succumbing to an attraction neither one of them can deny, Sean and Kayla must face down her stalker and their own personal demons before trusting what they both feel—a love that lasts long after the cameras stop rolling.
Kim's Rating:
3.5 out of 5 Stars

Kim's Review:
Love in the Afternoon takes you into the world of Soap Opera actors. 

"Actually, I'm not really a tramp. I just play one on TV."

Sean: "Are you telling me you didn't feel it?"
Kayla: "Feel What?"
Sean: "They don't call it a chemistry test for nothing. Not all actors have it. But we do."

The attraction with Kayla and Sean is apparent from the beginning, but their relationship builds slowly. They are both hot, nice, well liked and respected among their peers. Of course, in the acting world you have jealousy, back stabbing and competition. And both Kayla and Sean are wary of dating actors after being burned in the past and fight their connection. But all along you know the pull is so strong that it will will win out. 

Staring in her dark eyes, all he could hear was the sound of his hearts as it hammered in his chest. She as right, he couldn't resist. And he didn't want to.

"Sweetheart, our chemistry is off the charts. And not just in front of the cameras."

...accepting Sean's invitation was tantamount to admitting her moratorium--as Lance put it--on dating actors was about to go the way of the dinosaur or the cassette tape.

Sean also has unresolved issues with his past and his father that keep encroaching upon his personal life. Kayla has  trust issues of her own. There is an element of danger with someone threatening Kayla. Even though they are truly an adorably sweet couple, they do have really good chemistry together. 

Life had imitated art in the best way possible.

We also meet his troubled baseball player friend Matt and Kayla's outspoken sister Kelly who despised each other upon contact and will be the subject of book 2 The Winning Season. I think the 2nd book will be very interesting since the characters are like oil and water. 

Overall it was a sweet contemporary romance with likeable characters that are well developed with a little intrigue thrown in to spice it up.  A good debut for Alison Packard. 

Thanks to Carina Press and netgalley for allowing me to read and review this book.

Tammy's Rating:
3 out of 5 Stars

Tammy's Review:
For anyone who has ever watched Soaps it was a fun plot and you can deny it, but you know you are one of those "crazy loyal soap fans."

Come on ladies don't deny you wouldn't do this in the middle of the veggie isle when you came face to face with the chick holding your favorite couple apart. Hell I yell at the tv every Thursday night when they continue to keep Elena with Stefan. I can totally picture myself acting like this....

"You slut!"
"Excuse me? Did you just call me a -"
"How could you?" "You...you tramp."
Actually, I'm not really a tramp. I just play one on TV."
"You slept with a married man." I've waited years for Stefan and Cassie to get together and then, when they finally do, you slither into town and lure him into your bed."

This was a cute fun story. Quick read, but  bit slow moving in a couple places. The characters were very likeable and well developed. I loved the rate Sean and Kayla's relationship grew between each other. Started out as friendship that slowly grew into love. There was chemistry, not a beat you over the head kind, but it was there. The secondary characters were also very enjoyable.

The author threw in a little drama, but it wasn't anything too major and the characters moved on from it just fine in a reasonable time frame. Both MC's had their own bit of drama although most of the action took place towards the end.

I will definitely read book 2 as i am interested in Matt's story. They touch on it, but you never actually find out what tragedy struck him causing him to self destruct.

I was provided with this book from the publisher for free via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review, thank you!


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